Public Domain Allotments Informational Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you an interest holder in a Public Domain allotment?

Come to a free informational meeting presented by California Indian Legal Services to find out! 

Did you know there are at least 18 Public Domain allotments in Inyo and Mono counties containing at least 1194 acres of land? 

 Do you know what your rights are as an allottee or an heir? 

 Do you know how you can make your voice heard on allotment issues? 

When: 

October 3rd, 2018 

Time: 

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM 

Where: 

Redding Rancheria

Tribal Health Center

Shasta Room, 3rd floor

1441 Liberty Street

Redding, CA 96001

Presented by California Indian Legal Services with the support of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, the State Bar of California, and the Legal Services Corporation.

Hosted by Redding Rancheria.

RSVP to Laura Svoboda at lsvoboda@calindian.org or (800) 347-2402

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CILS Defends Tribal Casinos in Slip and Fall Cases: Protection from Tort Claims

Mark A. Vezzola, Esq. Directing Attorney of CILS’ Escondido office handles tort claims.

Did you know that California Indian Legal Services defends tribal casinos in slip and fall cases? Under state gaming compacts gaming tribes must carry a certain amount of liability insurance to cover accidents and mishaps that befall casino patrons. Gaming tribes must also have in place regulations governing the tort claim appeal process after the tribe’s insurance company denies a claim. Some tribal gaming regulations, for example, send tort claims into tribal court. Others submit them to arbitration before a third party like the American Arbitration Association or JAMS.

Tribal casinos are important assets. Not only are they investments in real estate and infrastructure, but they also generate revenue that can be used to fund tribal programs like social services, housing, government operations, and elder care. Protect your tribal asset by letting CILS do the work for you. Once a casino insurer denies a claim, there is usually a procedure for the patron or claimant to appeal it. That is when CILS can step in and defend the tribal casino. CILS attorneys conduct their own investigation, engage in discovery with claimant’s attorney, and argue the case in tribal court or before an arbitrator. CILS have a strong track record of getting claims dismissed, reducing exposure to liability, and negotiating low settlements.

CILS also keeps up with critical legal developments involving casino injury claims. For example, in July the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held tort claims against the Northern Edge Navajo Casino belong in tribal court because the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 does not allow the Navajo Nation to shift jurisdiction over such suits to state courts. The following month the Northampton Court of Common Pleas handed the non-tribally owned Sands Bethlehem Casino in Pennsylvania a loss when it held the casino could not access a claimant’s social media accounts to prove she was not seriously injured as she alleged. With changes in the law coming from so many directions and in increasing frequency, CILS stays apprised of these developments to provide our clients the best possible representation.

Call CILS for more information about how you can protect your tribal assess from tort claims.

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Public Domain Allotments Informational Meeting

Are you an interest holder in a Public Domain allotment?

Come to a free informational meeting presented by California Indian Legal Services to find out! 

Did you know there are at least 18 Public Domain allotments in Inyo and Mono counties containing at least 1194 acres of land? 

 Do you know what your rights are as an allottee or an heir? 

 Do you know how you can make your voice heard on allotment issues? 

When: 

July 27, 2018 

Time: 

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

Where: 

Inyo-Mono Title Building 

873 N. Main Street 

Bishop, CA 93514 

Presented by California Indian Legal Services with the support of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, the State Bar of California, and the Legal Services Corporation.

RSVP to Kylee Andreas 

kandreas@calindian.org 

(760) 873-3581 

 

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TRIBAL ALERT: Review Your Tribe’s Designated ICWA Agent in the Federal Register

To All Tribal Leaders;

California Indian Legal Services strongly urges you to review the Federal Register, Vol. 83, No. 107, issued on June 4, 2018, regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act; Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice. Tribes may choose to include their designated tribal agent for ICWA noticing purposes on this annual list. It has come to our attention that many of the listed agents are incorrect, despite the fact that the 2017 publication contained correct contact information.

Under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), in any case where a party is seeking to place an Indian child in foster care or terminating parental rights, the Indian child’s tribe must be notified and informed of their right to intervene. 25 U.S.C. §1912(a). The regulations for implementing the ICWA allow an Indian Tribe to designate an agent other than the Tribal chairman for purposes of receiving notice of an ICWA proceeding. While designating a tribal agent is not required under the ICWA, a designated agent for the ICWA proceedings ensures that a tribe is able to respond and participate in a timely manner.

California courts have acknowledged the importance of county social services agencies utilizing the federal register’s list of designated tribal agency for service of the ICWA notices. (See In re J.T. (2007) 154 Cal.App.4th 986; In re Alice M. (2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 1189.) Additionally, California courts have highlighted the value of noticing a designated agent as it “ensure[s] that notice is received by someone trained and authorized to make the necessary ICWA determination, including whether the minors are members or eligible for membership and whether the tribe will elect to participate in the proceeding.” In re J.T., 994.

If your tribe’s designated agent’s contact information is outdated, incorrect, and/or incomplete, please contact Evangeline Campbell, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Chief, Division of Human Services, 1849 C. Street NM, Mail Stop 3641-MIB, Washington, DC 20240; Phone: (202) 513-7621.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Mica Llerandi at mllerandi@calindian.org or (760)746-8941. Thank you.

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Tribal Economic Development Training at Picayune Rancheria

Forming a Tribal Economic Development Entity to Meet the Tribe’s Needs

About Our Program

CILS and the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians (Tribe) will be hosting a one-day training for tribes with no or little economic development on their lands.  The training will focus on how to form a tribal economic development entity that can not only evaluate economic proposals presented to the tribe but help initiate economic projects that are compatible with the tribe’s needs and resources.  CILS will provide various legal structures for establishing a tribal economic development entity, the pros and cons, and how to protect tribal sovereign immunity.  Representatives from the Tribe will speak to their experience on how their economic development corporation has evolved over the years, how they got started, what worked and did not work and practical advice on their successes and failures.

Who should attend: Tribal Leaders, Tribal Administrators, Tribal Attorneys, Appropriate Tribal Administrative Staff (e.g., environmental department, land office, and water department), and Tribal Community Members.

Sponsored By

California Indian Legal Services in partnership with the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians.

When: 

 June 27, 2018 

Time: 

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM 

Where: 

Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino 

711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold, CA 93614, 

Space is Limited! RSVP to reserve your spot! 

tedmiston@calindian.org 

760-746-8941

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